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Serial abhi baaki hai, mere dost

The popular television show Chandrakanta is all set to be back in a new avatar on the small screen. HT City asks telly stars to tell us which shows they would like to see make a comeback on the small screen.

tv Updated: Feb 07, 2011 01:46 IST
Navdeep Kaur Marwah

The popular television show Chandrakanta is all set to be back in a new avatar on the small screen. Called Kahani Chandrakanta Ki, the show, which will go on air next month, will be the story of prince Virendra Singh and princess Chandrakanta’s children.

But this show of 1995 is not the only one making a comeback, even the cult shows Hum Log and Wagle Ki Duniya are being remade. So, when HT City asked the telly actors the that they would like to see make a comeback, the following are the ones that stayed on the top in everyone’s list...

Nukkad
Co-directed by Kundan Shah and Saeed Akhtar Mirza, the TV serial, which aired in 1986 on DD National, dealt with the struggles of urban youth, trying to make a living in an increasingly harsh social and economic climate.“The simplicity and the diversity of the characters in Nukkad was incredible. It was a beautiful woven story which never had any dull moment,” says actor Nandish Sandhu.

Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi
The popularity of this 1984 comedy, written by Sharad Joshi, can be gauged from the fact that video stores in London would await periodically for the copy of the serial’s tape. “This show had great performances by Swaroop Sampat and Shafi Inamdar. Such comedies are hardly made today,” says actor Varun Badola.

Dekh Bhai Dekh
This sit-com, which went on air in 1993, revolved around three generations of the extended Diwan family. Actors Sushma Seth, Navin Nischol and Shekhar Suman et al played the lead roles in this comedy show. “I have so many childhood memories attached to the show. It would be awesome to see the Diwan family again,” says actor Shweta Salve.

Banegi Apni Baat
Produced by Tony and Deeya Singh, this show aired on Zee TV in 1994 and openly talked about issues such as sex, sex education, affairs, illegal children among others which were considered taboo at that time.“It was a super fun show and had a lot of youthful energy. Moreover, the best part about it was the fact that one could relate to the characters,” says actor Roshni Chopra.

Mahabharat
The successful series based on the ancient Indian epic Mahabharata was produced by BR Chopra and directed by his son, Ravi Chopra. The 94-episode series, which originally ran from October 2, 1988 to June 24, 1990, was shown in the UK by the BBC, where it achieved audience figures of 5 million. “I used to watch the older version of Mahabharat without fail as a kid. It was such a cult show.” says actor Hiten Tejwani.

Here’s what some other telly stars had to say
Ragini Khanna

I think Banegi Apni Baat was a differenr show and simply amazing. I had see the show when I was quite young and thoroughly enjoyed it. Also I would be nice to see Hasratein and Mahabharat make a comeback.

Barkha Bisht
I would like to see Nukkad and Banegi Apni Baat to be remae. They both were great shows especially Banegi Apni Baat was a very progressive show unlike the regressive women oriented show of today.

Mahhi Vij
I use to love Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai which would have celebrities coming over and giving an insight into their lives.

Neena Gupta
I would love if Khandaan, Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi and Buniyaad are remade as I simply loved these shows.

Ronit Roy
I would like to see Malgudi Days and Kasauti Zindagi ki make a comeback as they were iconic show which connected so well with the masses.